Even today, when scientists are close to creating life in their labs, its definition remains elusive.
Legal scholar Noah Feldman considers the need to blend democracy with the ideals of Islamic law.
The drive to control human population can lead to abuses, warns a historian.
Nicholson Baker uses historical vignettes to suggest that there is no such thing as a ‘good war.’
A Dartmouth professor and spouse track the surprising story of Lucy and Abijah Prince
Physicist Michio Kaku explores the possibilities of invisibility cloaks, time travel, and other sci-fi wonders.
In his latest book, Pollan shows how nutritionism has unnecessarily complicated the act of eating.
Jhumpa Lahiri offers a new collection of short stories
Jumbo and his devoted handler lived a strange tale of celebrity, tragedy, and love.
A journalism professor examines the 1950s comic-book panic.
A cast of characters assemble at a down-and-out motel and find unexpected joys.
Rejecting political partisanship, more Evangelicals seek a broader agenda.
A New York Times reporter goes global tracing the origins of America’s Chinese food.
A medieval reenactor runs off to Europe and gets carried away in this dark and richly comic debut novel.
Andrew Bridge offers an insider’s look at what it means to grow up as a foster child in America.
Nim Chimpsky was raised by humans, but couldn’t help being a chimp.
An insider’s view of culture and politics in 20th-century Russia.
Tony Earley’s sequel to “Jim the Boy” delivers Depression-era pathos.
An English professor examines America’s ‘gut-centricity.’
Anthropologist Brian Fagan uses Earth’s distant past to predict the crises that may lie in its future.